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Winter lies too long in country towns;
by Willa Cather

Winter lies too long in country towns;
hangs on until it is stale and shabby,
old and sullen.
- Willa Cather

There are only two or three human stories,
and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely
as if they had never happened before.
- Willa Cather PHOTO

Where there is great love,
there are always miracles.
- Willa Cather PHOTO

There are some things you learn best in calm,
and some in storm.
- Willa Cather

 

I like trees because they seem more resigned to the
way they have to live than other things do.
- Willa Cather

Where there is great love, there are always wishes.
- Willa Cather

I shall not die of a cold.
I shall die of having lived.
- Willa Cather

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Success is never so interesting as struggle
- Willa Cather

The thing that teases the mind over and over for years,
and at last gets itself put down rightly on paper whether little or great,
it belongs to Literature.
- Willa Cather

Every artist makes himself born.
It is very much harder than the other time,
and longer.
- Willa Cather

Give the people a new word and they think they have a new fact.
- Willa Cather

Most of the basic material a writer works with is acquired
before the age of fifteen.
- Willa Cather

The condition every art requires is,
not so much freedom from restriction,
as freedom from adulteration and from the intrusion of foreign matter.
- Willa Cather

That is happiness; to be dissolved into something complete and great.
- Willa Cather

When we look back, the only things we cherish are those
which in some way met our original want;
the desire which formed in us in early youth,
undirected, and of its own accord.
- Willa Cather

Of all the bewildering things about a new country,
the absence of human landmarks is one of the most depressing and disheartening.
- Willa Cather

Paris is a hard place to leave, even when it rains
incessantly and one coughs continually from the dampness.
- Willa Cather

Only solitary men know the full joys of frienship.
Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile,
his friends are everything.
- Willa Cather

A work-room should be like an old shoe;
no matter how shabby,
it's better than a new one.
- Willa Cather

All the intelligence and talent in the world can't make a singer.
The voice is a wild thing.
It can't be bred in captivity.
It is a sport, like the silver fox.
It happens.
- Willa Cather

The fact that I was a girl never damaged my ambitions
to be a pope or an emperor.
- Willa Cather

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.
- Willa Cather

It does not matter much whom we live with in this world,
but it matters a great deal whom we dream of.
- Willa Cather

The irregular and intimate quality of things made entirely by the human hand.
- Willa Cather

The heart of another is a dark forest,
always, no matter how close it has been to one's own.
- Willa Cather

Sometimes I wonder why God ever trusts talent in the hands of women,
they usually make such an infernal mess of it.
I think He must do it as a sort of ghastly joke.
- Willa Cather

The stupid believe that to be truthful is easy;
only the artist,
the great artist, knows how difficult it is.
- Willa Cather

Desire is creation, is the magical element in that process.
If there were an instrument by which to measure desire,
one could foretell achievement.
- Willa Cather

No one can build his security upon the nobleness of another person.
- Willa Cather

Some memories are realities, and are better than anything
that can ever happen to one again.
- Willa Cather

To note an artist's limitations is but to define his talent.
A reporter can write equally well about everything
that is presented to his view,
but a creative writer can do his best only with what
lies within the range and character of his deepest sympathies.
- Willa Cather

What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for
a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself -
life hurrying past us and running away,
too strong to stop, too sweet to lose.
- Willa Cather

Sometimes a neighbor whom we have disliked a lifetime
for his arrogance and conceit lets fall a single commonplace
remark that shows us another side,
another man, really; a man uncertain,
and puzzled, and in the dark like ourselves.
- Willa Cather

The sun was like a great visiting presence that stimulated
and took its due from all animal energy.
When it flung wide its cloak and stepped down over
the edge of the fields at evening,
it left behind it a spent and exhausted world.
- Willa Cather

When kindness has left people, even for a few moments,
we become afraid of them as if their reason had left them.
When it has left a place where we have always found it,
it is like shipwreck; we drop from security into something
malevolent and bottomless.
- Willa Cather

The miracles of the church seem to me to rest not so
much upon faces or voices or healing power coming suddenly
near to us from afar off,
but upon our perceptions being made finer,
so that for a moment our eyes can see and our ears
can hear what is there about us always.
- Willa Cather

If we had no winter, the spring would not be so pleasant.
If we did not sometimes taste of adversity,
prosperity would not be so welcome.
- Anne Bradstreet

If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

We cling to our own point of view,
as though everything depended on it.
Yet our opinions have no permanence;
like autumn and winter, they gradually pass away.
- Zhuangzi

Friendship that flows from the heart
cannot be frozen by adversity,
as the water that flows from the spring
cannot congeal in winter.
- James Fenimore Cooper

The ending of a job or a relationship
may appear as the darkest night,
but it is merely the Winter season -
the time of renewal and rebirth
that precedes the new planting -
the beginning of the next great cycle.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Experience life in all possible ways -
good-bad, bitter-sweet, dark-light, summer-winter.
Experience all the dualities.
Don't be afraid of experience,
because the more experience you have,
the more mature you become.
- Osho

Faith:
When you walk to the edge of all the light you have
and take that first step into the darkness of the unknown,
you must believe that one of two things will happen:
...
There will be something solid for you to stand upon,
or, you will be taught how to fly
- Patrick Overton - from his book of poems: The Leaning Tree, 1975
[Widely mis-attributed to Barbara J. Winter, Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, and others]

As sure as the spring will follow the winter,
prosperity and economic growth will follow recession.
- Bo Bennett

Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours."
- Robert Byrne

In the depth of winter I finally learned that there
was in me an invincible summer.
- Albert Camus

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball.
I'll tell you what I do.
I stare out the window and wait for spring.
- Rogers Hornsby

And some places you been before are so great that you
don't ever mind going back.
Some places you been before you don't ever want to go back,
you know, like Montreal in the Winter.
- Morgan Freeman

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn.
- Hal Borland

The problem with winter sports is that -
follow me closely here -
they generally take place in winter.
- Dave Barry

For the first time in 15 years, Georgia this winter
has its electric power guaranteed without deficit.
This is a historic achievement.
- Mikhail Saakashvili

Cruel and cold is the judgment of man,
Cruel as winter, and cold as the snow;
But by-and-by will the deed and the plan Be judged
by the motive that lieth below.
- Lewis J. Bates

I write probably 80 percent of my stuff over the winter.
- Bob Seger

People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.
- Anton Chekhov

There are only two seasons - winter and Baseball.
- Bill Veeck

I toured Ontario in the winter of '48,
in a touring company of The Drunkard,
in which I played the bartender.
- Jonathan Frid

In the long winter evenings he talked to Ma about the Western country.
In the West the land was level, and there were no trees.
The grass grew thick and high.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder

The nice thing about New York is that you're finally
able to wear those winter clothes that have been sitting
in your closet in mothballs.
- Kyle MacLachlan

The restaurants close here in Salzburg.
They don't really have a nightlife in the winter time.
- Cecilia Bartoli

There are two seasons in Scotland: June and Winter.
- Billy Connolly

God is day and night, winter and summer,
war and peace, surfeit and hunger.
- Heraclitus

Last winter when I was coming home from church one Thursday evening,
I saw somebody run around the house again.
I told my father of that.
- Lizzie Andrew Borden

But I plan on dedicating specific training to track
this winter for the next racing season.
- Mark-Paul Gosselaar

It's not the winter that bothers me -
it's the summers.
- Walt Alston

Long stormy spring-time, wet contentious April,
winter chilling the lap of very May;
but at length the season of summer does come.
- Thomas Carlyle

In seed time learn, in harvest teach,
in winter enjoy.
- William Blake

Winter is not a season, it's an occupation.
- Sinclair Lewis

Never take a job where winter winds can blow up your pants.
- Geraldo Rivera

There were 15 people in the village,
including five of us.
If my father arrested somebody in the winter,
he'd have to wait until the thaw to turn him in.
- Leslie Nielsen

Nothing is as easy to make as a promise this winter
to do something next summer;
this is how commencement speakers are caught.
- Sydney J. Harris

The pine stays green in winter...
wisdom in hardship.
- Norman Douglas


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